8 June, 2011 — Information Clearing House
“Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.” – African Proverb
Libya: A Deafening Silence
By Jody McIntyre
We have been sold on a false premise, and, as Noam Chomsky would say, have allowed the manufacture of our consent.
Pakistan for Sale
After the Raymond Davis slap in the face by the American government, we all know Americans (read Americans with diplomatic immunity, since now they probably ALL have it regardless) have no respect for the laws in other countries, especially Pakistan.
Cyberwar, Stuxnet and People in Glass Houses
By Haroon Mee
The Pentagon has concluded that cyber attacks are “acts of war” and may therefore merit a full military response.
Could Obama Veto Palestine’s Application to the United Nations
By Francis A. Boyle
On November 15, 1988 the Palestine National Council (P.N.C.) meeting in Algiers proclaimed the Palestinian Declaration of Independence that created the independent state of Palestine.
Sharing our House with “Settlers”:
Muna and Muhammed are 12-year-old twins living in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem. Settlers have taken over the front of their home, but the family continue to live in the rest of the house.
China Warns U.S. Debt-default Idea is “Playing with Fire”
By Emily Kaiser
Republican lawmakers are “playing with fire” by contemplating even a brief debt default as a means to force deeper government spending cuts, an adviser to China’s central bank said on Wednesday.
Is the White House Up for Grabs?
By Mike Whitney
Obama simply trusted his Wall Street mentors Summers, Bernanke, and Geithner, the trio that sabotaged the recovery while making sure the banks and speculators got as much liquidity (and bailouts) as they needed.
By Senator Bernie Sanders
Top 10 Worst Corporate Income Tax Avoiders.
Early Childhood Military Education?
By Ann Pelo
The generals’ aim is to prepare low-income children to be soldiers, trained from their youngest years to follow directions and to comply with the strictures issued by the ranking authority.
US kills 24 people in Pakistan:
At least 24 people were killed Wednesday in a suspected US drone attack in north-western Pakistan, security officials said.
NATO kills 29 people in 60 strikes on Libya capital :
Tripoli came under unprecedented sustained bombardment on Tuesday by NATO-led forces, who say they will not stop bombing until leader Muammar Gaddafi leaves power.
12 killed as Lybian forces attack Misrata:
A BBC correspondent in the city said there had been rocket attacks. A spokesman for the rebels said 12 of their fighters had been killed.
NATO pushes for more involvement in Libya strikes:
The alliance’s secretary-general was pressuring allies on Wednesday to step up their participation in what appears to have become an escalating mission to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Manufacturing Consent For Occupation Of Libya: :
“There will have to be boots on the ground in Libya”
Chris Wragge talks to retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks about NATO’s options in the Libyan conflict and whether there needs to be a military presence at some point in the near future.
NATO: No troops on ground in post-conflict Libya:
NATO’s top official says the alliance won’t put troops on the ground in Libya to keep order once the conflict ends.
Libya rebels act on orders from NATO:
In the late afternoon, NATO came through with an instruction to pull back to the front – the ”red line” beyond which the rebels had pushed. The lines are marks on the map that allow NATO jets to bomb anything that moves beyond them.
China urges Libyan parties to consider AU’s roadmap for solving crisis: —
China on Tuesday called on relevant parties in Libya to give priority to the interests of the country and its people and actively consider the African Union (AU) road map for solving the crisis in the North African country.
Double game? China hosts Libyan envoy, meets rebels:
Beijing is trying to join forces with Moscow to resolve the crisis. The purpose seems to be to reduce the influence of western powers, and ensure oil supplies for China from Libya.
Russian Libya envoy ready to meet Gaddafi:
Russian presidential envoy to Libya Mikhail Margelov said on Wednesday he was planning to go to Tripoli and was ready to meet with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi after meeting opposition leaders in Benghazi.
Gaddafi’s daughter files “war crimes” lawsuit related to NATO air strike that killed relatives:
Suit is over alleged assassination of four of the Libyan leader’s family members, claiming that NATO illegally attacked a civilian target in Tripoli.
Gaddafi the first to face ICC ‘disappearance’ charge:
Gaddafi is the first person to be accused by the International Criminal Court chief prosecutor of “enforced disappearance”, a phenomenon made notorious by the Argentinian and Chilean juntas of the 1970s and 80s.
U.K., France to put forward UN resolution condemning Syria:
British Prime Minister David Cameron warns anyone who would vote against the resolution, which condemns Syria for its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.
Moscow against UN resolution on Syria – Lavrov:
Russia opposes the idea of adopting a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria over human rights violations and a crackdown on protesters, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said.
As many as 11 killed as blasts rock town in Nigeria’s northeast:
Members of the group locally known as Boko Haram detonated bombs at two police stations and at St Patrick’s Church in the city of Maiduguri. The multiple blasts come a day after motorcycle-mounted gunmen shot dead Sheik Ibrahim Birkuti, a cleric from a rival sect.
Three dead in separate shootings in Iraq:
Gunfire killed at least three people in separate incidents in Iraq, police officials said Wednesday.
Fighting turns southern Yemen town into “hell”:
Bodies lay in the streets of a southern Yemeni town on Wednesday as government forces battled Islamist militants, a local official said, underscoring the gravity of Yemen’s multiple conflicts.
Bahrain campaign to humiliate Shiites goes beyond politics:
A female officer stuck a toilet bowl brush into her mouth. She was given electric shocks to her cheeks. – Last week, she was charged by a military tribunal with breaching public security by participating in a public gathering, insulting the king, and inciting hatred and contempt for the government.
Bahrain: Fresh torture claims in medics’ trial:
Doctors and nurses allegedly beaten with wooden boards studded with nails
Obama meets Bahrain crown prince at White House:
Officials said that Obama reaffirmed the strong US commitment to Bahrain and welcomed King Hamad’s plan to end a “state of national safety”
Egypt and Hamas reopen Rafah crossing with Gaza :
Palestinians waiting to make the same journey cheered when they heard the news.
UN agency report shows West Bank economy not flourishing:
Despite Netanyahu’s statement to U.S. Congress that the Palestinian economy was booming, report reveals that one in four Palestinians in the workforce is unemployed.
Iran to triple 20% uranium enrichment output:
Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereidoon Abbasi said Wednesday that Iran is going to increase its 20-percent uranium enrichment output by three times, the state IRIB TV website reported.
Ireland: We’re broke and we don’t need blarney:
Last week the latest figures for unemployment showed that the number out of work is going up, not down; it’s now at 14.8%, up from 13.2% a year ago. Also last week we learned that the interest payments on our huge debt burden are now eating up HALF of all the income tax raised in the state.
Analysis: Limited default might clear way for Greek bond swap:
After initially resisting the idea of any Greek debt restructuring, the European Central Bank is warming to the idea of having private investors share the burden of rescuing Greece, potentially clearing the way for a debt swap.
Credit Market Nightmare: The US Default Idea Is Going Mainstream:
What if the GOP really doesn’t worry about crashing at all, and in fact it thinks crashing might be good?
A Scandal: Top 10 Worst Corporate Income Tax Avoiders –
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq “1,455,590″
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,777
Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 2,515
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
Total Cost of Wars Since 2001